Member Spotlight

Dr. Keith L. Moore
1925 – 2019

The current Member Spotlight features Dr. Keith L. Moore. Dr. Moore was a Professor Emeritus in the Division of Anatomy, Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto, Canada.  During his tenure, he served as the Chair of Anatomy and Associate Dean for Basic Medical Science in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.  He was born on October 5, 1925 in Brantford, Ontario, Canada and passed away on November 25, 2019. 

Keith joined the Canadian Navy during World War II.  When the war was over, he went to Western University to earn his BA M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees.  He later married Marion McDermid in 1949.  In 1956, he accepted the position of Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba and became the Head of Anatomy in 1965.  In 1976, he accepted the position of Chair of Anatomy at the University of Toronto and was promoted to Associate Dean of the Basic Medical Sciences in 1985. 

Dr. Moore was a founding member of the AACA and his dedication to the organization was extraordinary.  He was Vice-President from 1986-1987, President Elect from 1987-1989, President from 1989-1991, and Past President from 1991-1993.  He served on the Editorial Board of Clinical Anatomy from 1988-2012.  He earned numerous prestigious awards including the AACA Honored Member in 1994 and the Benton Adkins, Jr. Distinguished Service Award in 2012.  Dr. Moore and his wife Marion established the Keith and Marion Moore Blue Box Award which is awarded annually, with a qualified submission, for the best student paper published in Clinical Anatomy.  

As a renowned anatomist, Dr. Moore authored 16 anatomy textbooks and over 60 research papers.  His research focused on embryology and teratology.  He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, the International Academy of Cytology, and the American Association of Anatomists.  He was a member of the International Committee on Anatomical Terminology and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

The AACA is so fortunate to have had Dr. Moore shape, impact, and serve so many members over the years.  For more details on Dr. Moore’s legacy, please read a wonderful tribute to Dr. Moore written by Drs. Agur and Dalley .

Agur, A., & Dalley, A. (Art). (2020). DR. KEITH LEON MOORE, BA, MSC, PHD, HON. D.SC (OSU), HON. D.SC (WU) FIAC, FRSM, FAAA : October 5, 1925 – November 25, 2019. Revista Argentina de Anatomía Clínica, 12(1), 8–10.